Eco-friendly gifts for Christmas: 17 planet-kind present ideas

These eco-friendly gifts will make sure Christmas 2021 is your most ethical and environmentally friendly yet

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Eco friendly Christmas gifts: Plantable pencils, recyclable vases and sustainability book
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Finding eco-friendly gifts that people actually want to receive (and in particular eco-friendly Christmas gifts) can be a hard task. This is where our sustainable Christmas gift guide comes into its own, proving that being conscious of your impact on the Earth doesn't have to mean gifting rubbish presents.

Whether it's for your Grandma who loves to garden, a new Mum who deserves to relax or a little one who likes to put everything they see in their mouth, these eco gifts are the best on the market for 2021. Plus, if you really want to make a difference with your gifts this year, some companies featured in our guide donate part of their profit to environmental charities. Need we say any more?

Once you're done ticking names off your present list, here are some tips on how to host an eco-friendly Christmas this year.

The best eco-friendly gifts to give in Christmas 2021

NA-KD Short Organic Cotton Waffle Robe

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1. NA-KD Short Organic Cotton Waffle Robe

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
This waffled dressing gown is made of 100% organic cotton, from certified and sustainable materials. It's also made in a factory that participates in the NA-KD Environmental Performance Improvement Program. Organic cotton can be made using mostly rainwater, no toxins and more sustainable processes, and organic cotton cuts the water need by up to 90 per cent. 

Who is it for?
Anyone who loves to chill in their bathrobe on a slow morning. It comes in three sizes and there is also a longer fit for those who are taller. 

Good to know
This dressing gown comes in your choice of white, pink or brown. We love all of them! It'll need to be washed separately and line dried, just an FYI.

Brabantia Regrow Kit

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2. Brabantia Regrow Kit

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
This handy tool makes getting the most out of your vegetables and fruits an easy task. You can re-grow anything from baby gem lettuce to avocados, garlic and even spring onions, all inside your kitchen from your windowsill.

Who is it for?
Anyone with a penchant for food – or for the environment, really. This handy gadget is great for anyone who is striving to make their own veg – but with little space to do so. Think flat owners or those with just a patio. Kids will love watching them grow, too!

Good to know
You'll get two growing kits included, one for larger veg, the other for smaller. They're really easy to use and the floating rings ensure they always sit at the right water level

Pops and Dudes Eco Friendly Stacking Cups

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4. Pops and Dudes Eco Friendly Stacking Cups

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
These Danish stacking cups are 100% free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. This makes them safe for children to use – and inevitably chew – and they are kind to the environment whilst being fun.

Who is it for?
This eco-friendly gift is designed for children – specifically, toddlers. They can use these stacking cups can be used anywhere from in the garden to in the bathtub. They will help them develop their organizational and motor skills, whilst they will encourage them to be independent, too.

Good to know
These stacking cups differ in size so that they can be stored inside one another with ease. Plus, they come in four colourways – petal, forest, original and retro. Just wipe them clean when they get dirty.

Best eco-friendly candle for Christmas: Beefayre

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5. Beefayre Winter Berries Large Scented Candle

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
Beefayre candles are about as ethical and sustainable as can be: they're made using only natural wax, no paraffin or beeswax, and natural fragrances and essential oils if you're concerned about strong smells. And the packaging is made from recycled glass. And the company give part of their profits to bee conservation. 

Who is it for?
Who won't it suit, is the real question? An easy-going, sweet smell of berries that's perfect for winter, this home fragrance will delight just about anyone (unless you know they don't use any fragrance at home at all).

Good to know
The company also make bath and body products and art prints, if you want to bulk out the gift a bit more.

Browse our best candles guide for plenty more suggestions, from The White Company, Skandinavisk, Neom plus more.

recycled glass vases by LSA International

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6. LSA International recycled glass vases

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
A sophisticated and beautifully designed gift, the recycled glass vases by LSA International are sustainably made and have gorgeous, unusual shapes that will look great as part of a contemporary decorating scheme. 

Who is it for?
This is the perfect gift for those who favour a more contemporary or minimalist decorating style. Having said that, the design is universal enough to also look good in period properties with a more eclectic style. 

Good to know
LSA make several shapes in the recycled range, so you can mix and match, get the trio of mini vases, or get one larger one. There's also a terrarium, a planter, and a set of tumblers in the same range, all gorgeous.

Own Grown Store Seeds Advent Calendar 2021

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7. Own Grown Store Seeds Advent Calendar 2021

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
Packaged to be plastic-free and FSC-certified, this eco-friendly advent calendar is filled with everything you need to add to your fruit, veg and herb garden. Plus, these seeds are low-waste with just the packet to dispose of, and they are lovingly packaged by hand in a workshop for people with disabilities.

Who is it for?
Anyone who loves gardening – and counting down to Christmas. Get this for someone to kick off December in style.

Good to know
This kit comes with pegs and a jute string so that you can hang each bag from the string and open as the December days go by. Each packet is numbered.

Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

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8. ProjectEco21 Eco Friendly Products Gift Set

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
Every single thing in this wonderfully useful kit is made from high-quality, sustainable materials, from bamboo toothbrushes to reusable makeup removal pads to the zero-waste dental floss (our tried and loved favourite from this kit). 

Who is it for?
Anyone who has expressed an interest in going plastic-free in their house, but finds searching for individual products that are sustainable exhausting (don't we all). If you think they're open to trying something new, they'll love it.

Good to know
While we applaud the idea behind the reusable wooden case this gift set comes in, you might have to be a bit creative to make this gift look a bit more Christmassy, because the case is unpainted and looks a little bit plain. 

Pact coffee

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9. Pact Coffee subscription

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
While Pact Coffee isn't certified organic, we like their philosophy: pay coffee growers more so that they have the time and resources to produce higher-quality coffee. Unlike mainstream brands, Pact invests in speciality coffee, which is produced under better conditions both for the environment and the worker.

Who is it for?
All your friends/family who are coffee addicts. They will love not having to remember to get coffee, having it delivered to their door at the frequency they choose. Pact Coffee will wow coffee lovers with the quality of their beans – and with their Fairtrade credentials

Good to know
Pact subscriptions include Nespresso-compatible pods as well as bags of ground coffee.

Don't miss our expert guide on the best coffee machines – for them to use with their new (and very tasty) coffee.

Sprout Graphite Plantable Pencils

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10. Sprout Graphite Plantable Pencils

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
These pencils are plantable after use – inside lives bee-friendly seeds and herbs to attract bees to your garden. These pencils are zero-waste and made of certified wood.

Who is it for?
Anyone who uses pencils – including kids and adults. Or maybe even someone who likes to draw.

Good to know
Five pencils come in one pack. They are engraved with quotes to make them look nice, too.

sustainable home book from amazon

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11. Sustainable Home book by Christine Liu

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
While the sustainability of printed books is debatable, the fact that this book is about living more sustainably in other ways compensates, in our opinion. Practical and helpful, this book is full of handy everyday tips for reducing your carbon footprint, eating more sustainably, and going plastic-free. 

Who is it for?
Know someone who's keen to be more earth-conscious in 201?? Inspire them to make positive life changes with this handy and pretty practical book. This book makes a great gift for anyone interested in living sustainably, but it's especially suitable for people who generally like to read.

Tufted Tribal Handwoven Beige Rug

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12. Bloomsbury Market tribal rug

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
Unlike machine-woven rugs that use polypropylene and dyed wool, this rug is as natural as can be: it's handmade by skilled artisans in India from unbleached and undyed wool, which is better for the environment and your health. 

Who is it for?
Anyone who's been after a cream, Moroccan-style rug – this one is even better.

Good to know
This gorgeous Tribal rug by the Bloomsbury Market has been handwoven in India. Wool rugs are prone to being attacked by moths, so it will need regular vacuuming/cleaning.

GreenPan Venice Pro Extra Ceramic Non-Stick Frying

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13. GreenPan Venice Pro Extra Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pan

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
This PFAS-free pan doesn’t contain any harmful toxic chemicals. It's made using natural materials such as sand, plus the non-stick is enhanced with diamonds for extra durability and scratch resistance.

Who is it for?
Anyone who loves to cook! This handy frying pan comes in a range of sizes from 20cm diameter to 30cm diameter. So, whether you cook for two or six, this pan is fab.

Good to know
It has stainless steel handles for easy use and the pan heats up fast. It's also oven-safe up to 260ºC.

Read our best non-stick frying pans guide for more top recommendations – tried and tested by us.

Wild and Wolf developmental bear

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14. Wild and Wolf Petit Collage Organic Baby Developmental Soft Toy Bear

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
It's made from organic cotton and filled with polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. And it comes in simple paper packaging.

Who is it for?
New parents! This super-cute toy is sustainably made, and babies love it.

Good to know 
The heart vibrates when pulled, which adds to the sensory stimulation this lovely toy provides. Its only drawback is that it can't be machine washed – only spot cleaning is recommended. 

Indoor Herb Gardens in Rustic Jars

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15. Indoor Herb Garden in Rustic Jars

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
The seller has made a commendable effort to eliminate all plastic packaging (even bubble wrap), and the jars are reusable as storage (or another herb garden next year). The seeds are UK-sourced, which is both sustainable and produces better results when growing. 

Who is it for?
Anyone who loves using fresh herbs in cooking will appreciate this well-thought-through indoor herb garden kit. The rustic jars are so cute – and you can choose a different number of jars, between three and six. Herbs are easy to grow, and with everything you need included in the kit, this git is suitable even for complete beginners.

Good to know
The only downside is that this doesn't come with a grow lamp – you/they will need to get one separately. 

Ocean Bottle in orange

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16. Ocean Bottle

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
This bottle should reduce the amount of single-waste plastic your giftee uses. It's made from recycled materials, too.

Who is it for?
Anyone! We all need to drink water, end the end of the day. This is handy for use whilst at home, in the office or even to take on a walk.

Good to know
This bottle is 500ml in size and it's dishwasher safe. You can choose from six colours, too. With a double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel and recycled content. It can keep drinks hot or cold.

Flower Bee Balls

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17. Flower Bee Balls

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
These seed balls give back to the environment whilst being waste-free. Just throw them or plant them where you want wildflowers to grow, and they will attract bees and more.

Who is it for?
Anyone who loves gardening. Or anyone who wants to save the bees!

Good to know
These seed balls come inside a jute bag, and they make a great stocking filler – or even wedding favour. Plus, a portion of all sales will be donated to the Cool Earth Foundation to help protect indigenous tribes and Rainforests around the World.

OTTY Supima Cotton Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set

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18. OTTY Supima Cotton Duvet Cover & Pillow Case Set

What makes this an eco-friendly gift?
This bedding set is made of Supima cotton, which is one of the least environmentally impactful forms of cotton. Plus, it's very high-quality meaning that this bedding set should last you for years and years of use.

Who is it for?
Adults! Though it does come in a single size, too, it's a tad expensive. We think this would make a lovely gift for a child who has recently flown the nest – or even your parents who love a good doze.

Good to know
It's super breathable and it boasts a 400 thread count. When we say that this is soft, we truly mean it (we've slept on it and can confirm it's the epitome of luxury). It even comes with a one-year guarantee.

Visit our best bedding guide for more luxury bedding options.

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